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Ivy Sole in "Taken." Image courtesy of the artist.

Watch Ivy Sole & B4Bonah's Beautiful New Video For 'Taken'

We premiere the new visual shot in Ghana's Cape Coast and Tema.

Ivy Sole has been capturing a lot of people's ears for her alluring blend of hazy R&B vocals, rhymes and influences from her past as a spoken word poet. That's all clear in the Philadelphia-based artist's 13-song debut album, Overgrown.

"Taken," one of the highlights form that full-length, sees the rapper-singer connecting with Ghana's B4Bonah over an airy afro-fusion concoction as they lament a desire over someone who's already taken. The track was produced by Sole's manager Ethan Boye-Doe, who's family has roots in Ghana.

Today we're premiering the new music video for "Taken" which follows Sole and B4Bonah to Ghana's Cape Coast and Tema.

The scenic new clip was directed by David Duncan, one of our young African music video directors to look out for in 2019 for his work with La Même Gang and others.

Ivy Sole in "Taken." Image courtesy of the artist.

"I wanted to visit West Africa as a pilgrimage of sorts," Ivy Sole tells OkayAfrica in an e-mail. "I think many Black Americans and Black Caribbean folks have a yearning to go to where our families started, but we don't have a specific place to return to because that history was stolen."

With the video, "Taken," takes on two meanings: the original romantic one and a deeper connection to the enslaved Africans taken across the Atlantic from ports like Cape Coast.

"I consider myself blessed to have loved ones who have ties and are willing to share their homes with me; my manager (who produced the beat and the video) made it a priority to help me get to Ghana, collaborate with Bonah and accomplish the goal of creating more music and this video while we were there," she adds.

"B4Bonah is one of my favorite Afrobeat artists and being able to shoot this video in Tema and Cape Coast made the trip extra special. It was heavy to be standing in a place where such terror took place, but I think my ancestors would be proud of my path back and my path forward."

Watch our premiere of "Taken" below.

Ivy Sole - Taken ft B4Bonah (Official Video) youtu.be

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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